February 24, 2015 Subject:
Pay no attention to the whippings
Good straightforward film about what life might have been like in Louisiana in the 1800s. They of course sugarcoat slavery and whatnot, but... other then that, this film was very interesting to see what life was like otherwise.
July 23, 2010 Subject:
The film itself may be historically accurate, I have no clue. My comment pertains to a dinner table declaration by the disgustingly pretentious Mr. Dornier..
"......we all fled the oppressions of Europe out of a love for freedom....."
While being served by slaves, not to mention earlier in the day he was at the market bidding on them!
All I can figure is he (and others of that time) didn't see blacks as fully human. Seeing them as people(?) incapable of caring properly for themselves thus needing a master to supervise and "take care" of them.
It is easy today to look back and judge. I often wonder if I were alive in those days would I own slaves (I honestly don't think I would). I don't think many can honestly answer that question with 100% certainty. Being born in a time and place where you are taught from childhood that it is OK. I am sure it would be very easy to (ir)rationalize some excuse to fool yourself into thinking it is OK, especially when so many others are doing it and it is legal. I am by no means trying to make excuses, just theorizing on what they were thinking to be able to do such a thing. Sadly slavery still exists, and another irony is the fact that it is widespread in parts of Africa (and many other parts of the world). Some of the same people and tribes that Europeans kidnapped still kidnap, capture, enslave, sell each other.
July 3, 2010 Subject:
Louisiana in the 1830s
I enjoyed this look at Louisiana in the early 19th century very much and wish it was much longer than 10 minutes. I could have watched it for an hour and 10, at least.